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10 I have been left unto thee ever fince I was born thou art my God even from my mothers womb.

11 O go not from me, for trouble is hard at hand and there is none to help me.

12 Many oxen are come about me: fat bulls of Bafan clofe me in on every fide.

13 They gape upon me with their mouths: as it were a ramping, and a roaring lion.

14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint my heart alfo in the midft of my body is even like melting wax.

15 My ftrength is dried up like a potfherd, and my tongue cleaveth to my gums: and thou fhalt bring me into the duft of death.

16 For many dogs are come about me: and the council of the wicked layeth fiege againft me.

17 They pierced my hands and my feet, I may tell all my bones: they stand staring and looking upon me.

18 They part my garments among them: and caft lots upon my vefture.

19 But be not thou far from me, O Lord: thou art my fuccour, hafte thee to help me.


20 Deliver my foul from the fword: my darling from power of the dog.

21 Save me from the lions mouth: thou haft heard me alfo from among the horns of the unicorns.

22 I will declare thy Name unto my brethren: in the midft of the congregation will I praife thee.

23 O praife the Lord, ye that fear him: magnify him, all ye of the feed of Jacob, and fear him, all ye feed of Ifrael. 24 For he hath not delpiled nor abhorred the low eftate of the poor: he hath not hid his face from him, but when he called unto him, he heard him.

25 My praife is of thee in the great congregation: my vows will I perform in the fight of them that fear him.

26 The poor hall cat, and be fatisfied: they that feek after the Lord fhall praite him; your heart fhall live for



27 All the ends of the world fhall remember themselves, and be turned unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations fhall worship before him.

28 For the kingdom is the Lords: and he is the Gover nor among the people.

29 All fuch as be fat upon earth have eaten, and worshipped.

30 All they that go down into the duit, fhall kneel before him and no man hath quickened his own foul.


31 My feed fhall ferve him: they fhall be counted unto the Lord for a generation.

32. They fhall come, and the heavens fhall declare his righteousness unto a people that fhall be born, whom the Lord hath made.


Pfalm xxiii. Dominus regit me.

HE Lord is my fhepherd: therefore can I lack nothing.



Pfal. xxii.] To improve by the reading of this pfalm, we must confider it as it relates to David, and as it refers to Jefus Chrift. If we confider it in the first respect, we learn by David's complaints, that those whom God loves fometimes fall into fo deplorable a condition as to believe God has forfaken them. But the faith which David teftifies in this pfalm, fhews us likewife, that we should never be difcouraged under afRictions; becaufe the Lord will deliver his children out of all their troubles, and give them caufe to celebrate his goodness. z. This pfalm contains a very plain defcription of our Lord's fufferings and profound humiliation. Here we read thofe words which he uttered at his crucifixion; My God, my God, look upon me, why haft thou forfaken me " Here we fee how the Jews infulted him when he hung upon the cross, his hands and his feet pierced, his garments divided by lot, and the principal circumstances of his paffion and death. God was pleafed all these things thould be foretold by David, that when they happened to our Lord, we might not be fo much furprifed, and might acknowledge him, to be the Meffiah. We fhould therefore deplore the blindness of the Jews, who are fcandalized at the fufferings and crofs of Chrift, which ought rather to convince them, that he is the Meffiah whom God had promised. Thefe confiderations ought to strengthen our faith in Jefus the Saviour of the world; as this pfalm fets before us the glory to which God has exalted him after his fufferings, and which he now enjoys at the right hand of his Father, and his kingdom is established throughout all the earth. 3 G


2 He fhall feed me in a green pasture: and lead me forth befide the waters of comfort.

3 He shall convert my foul and bring me forth in the paths of righteoufnefs for his Names fake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me, thy rod and thy ftaff comfort me.

5 Thou shalt prepare a table before me against them that trouble me: thou haft anointed my head with oil, and my cup fhall be full.

6 But thy loving kindness and mercy fhall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.




Pfalm xxiv Domini eft terra.

HE earth is the Lord's, and all that therein is: the. compafs of the world, and they that dwell therein. 2 For he hath founded it upon the feas: and prepared it upon the floods.

3 Who fhall afcend into the hill of the Lord: or who fhall rife up in his holy place?

4 Even he that hath clean hands, and a pure heart: and that hath not lift up his mind unto vanity, nor fworn to deceive his neighbour.

5 He shall receive the bleffing from the Lord: and righteoufnefs from the God of his falvation.



Pfal. xxiii.] The happy condition of the faithful, who live in full affurance of God's love, and under his protection, is here in a most affecting manner fet before us. David fhews by his own example, that they never want; that God protects, comforts, and fupports them in every condition; that he is with them even in death, and confers his graces and favours upon them in the highest degree, caufing them to live in a bleffed communion with him. This pfalm is full of confolation to true believers; and the defire of partaking in the precious advantages therein fet forth fhould make us all zealously to apply ourfelves to the study of piety.



6 This is the generation of them that feek him: even of them that seek thy face, O Jacob.

7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors: and the King of glory fhall come in.

8 Who is the King of glory: It is the Lord, strong, and mighty, even the Lord, mighty in battle.

9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlafting doors: and the King of glory fhall come in. 10 Who is the King of glory: even the Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.


Pfalm xxv. Ad te, Domine, levavi.

NTO thee, O Lord, will I lift up my foul; my God, I have put my truft in thee: O let me not be confounded, neither let mine enemies triumph over me.

2 For all they that hope in thee fhall not be ashamed: but, fuch as tranfgrefs without a caufe, fhall be put to confufion.

3 Shew me thy ways, O Lord: and teach me thy paths. 4 Lead me forth in thy truth, and learn me: for thou art the God of my falvation in thee hath been my hope all the day long.

5 Call to remembrance, O Lord, thy tender mercies: and thy loving kindnesses which have been ever of old.

6 Oh remember not the fins and offences of my youth: but according to thy mercy think thou upon me, O Lord, for thy goodness.

7 Gracious and righteous is the Lord: therefore will he teach finners in the way.

8 Them that are meek, fhall he guide in judgement: and fuch as are gentle, them fhall he learn his way.



Pfal. xxiv.] This pfalm teaches us who they are whom God looks upon as children, and will admit into his glorious prefence. None will be admitted there, but men of pure hands and a clean heart, who are fincere and faithful in their words and in all their behaviour; who avoid fraud and deceit, and call upon the Lord, and feek his face with their whole heart. If therefore, we defire to be partakers of God's love, we fhould examine whether we find in ourselves these characters and fentiments; endeavouring to produce them in ourselves if we have them. not, and if we have, improving them continually. PRAC

9. All the paths, of the Lord are mercy and truth: unto fuch as keep his covenant, and his testimonies.

IQ. For thy Name's fake, O Lord: be merciful unto my fin, for it is great.

What man is he that feareth the Lord: him fhall he teach in the way that he fhall choose.

12 His foul fhall dwell at ease: and his feed shall inherit the land.

13 The fecret of the Lord is among them that fear him: and he will fhew them his covenant.

14 Mine eyes are ever looking unto the Lord: for he fhall pluck my feet out of the net.

15 Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me: for 1 am defolate and in mifery.

16 The forrows of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my troubles.

17 Look upon my adverfity and mifery: and forgive me all my fin.

18 Confider mine enemies, how many they are: and they bear a tyrannous hate against me.

19 O keep my foul, and deliver me: let me not be confounded, for I have put my trust in thee,

29 Let perfectnefs and righteous dealing wait upon me : for my hope hath been in thee.

21 Deliver Ifrael, O God: out of all his troubles.


Pfalm. xxv.] Obferve, 1, That what we ought moft earnestly to pray for is, that we may be filled with the knowledge of God; that he would teach us to walk in his way, and grant us pardon for all the fins we have committed, 2. We here learn, how advantageous it is to fear God. David has told us, that God makes known his ways to the meek and humble; that he fhews them that fear him the way that they should chufe; thas to them he reveals his fecrets and his covenant; that he bleffes them and their pofterity exceedingly; and when they are in affliction, he protects them, and delivers them out of all their diftreffes. Thefe are inftructions of the greateft ufe and importance; and carefully reading and meditating on thefe things, and frequently offering up to God the excellent prayers contained in this pfalm, is one of the best things we can do to ftrengthen us more and more in the fear of the Lord, and fecure our eternal welfare,


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